Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Listening Length: 3 hours and 55 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Publisher: Listening Library
Audible.com Release Date: August 28, 2014
Jacqueline Woodson, one of today’s finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.
Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.
I’ve wanted to read this book for a few years and since the August Monthly Motif book theme is “Award Winners”, I chose this book.
I was surprised to learn that the author was born in Columbus, Ohio which is where I grew up. I was also surprised that the author could remember so much from her childhood, especially her younger years.
The book was very interesting and gave me a great picture of her family and her life growing up. I’m a big fan of family time in books and this book was full of that. I was happy to know that she accomplished what she wanted in her life as a child. Not many of us can say that.
This was a really short read but it was full of good memories and I enjoyed it a lot. I would definitely recommend it.
I enjoyed listening to the author’s narration. She did a great job!